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About Us

PROUD LOUDOUN COUNTY BAKERY START-UP

Little Austria was started by two young Austrians, Berni and Helene, who were on a mission to find authentic strudel in the United States. Not finding what they were looking for, they decided to take things into their own hands. 

Starting out of a shared kitchen and equipped with a mixer, an apple peeler, and a rolling pin the two started baking. The word got out quickly and the demand for strudel grew steadily. After a year of baking, and not being able to keep up, they needed to buy a whole bakery’s worth of equipment to keep rolling out the dough for their sought after strudels.

Today, Little Austria has grown into an award winning small business offering a delicious strudel experience by staying true to the traditional technique of hand-stretching the dough and by using locally sourced, high quality ingredients, to craft what is the most popular dessert in Austria - Strudel!

The Founders

MEET HELENE AND BERNHARD GALLENT

Helene and Berni grew up in Carithina, the southernmost State in Austria, in a beautiful area known for its mountains and crystal clear-lakes. Berni moved to the United States in 2009 in pursuit of the American Dream, Helene followed him six years later.

As skiing and snowboard instructors, they met back in 2004 in Hochrindl, a ski resort in the Austrian Alps.

Before their strudel venture started, Helene has been a special education teacher and as a speech therapist for children. Berni used to work in humanitarian logistics, responded to global emergencies and shipped aid and relief supplies all over the world to people in need.

Now they are both full time in the strudel business, committed to their mission on making a delicious Austrian dessert widely available in the United States.

Helene and Berni are raising a beautiful family just outside of Washington D.C., in Sterling, VA.

Media & Press

Read what the media, local & abroad write about us.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

Apple Strudel: A favorite thing, for centuries...

Apple strudel has a way of evoking nostalgia.For Helene Gallent, owner of Little Austria, a small Leesburg, Va., company specializing in Austrian sweets, apple strudel is the taste of childhood...

Washington Post

Kara Elder

DECEMBER 3, 2018

Farmers market favorite Little Austria..

For over a year, Austrian-born Helene Gallent has been selling freshly baked strudels at local farmers markets, working out of shared commercial kitchen ChefScape in Ashburn, Virginia. 

Washington's Top News

Jeff Clabaugh

November 30, 2018

Austrian strudel maker to open first brick-and-mortar..

With the assistance of state funding, a startup Austrian bakery will open its first standalone space in Sterling. Little Austria LLC will create five new jobs and invest more than $371,000 to build its new commercial bakery. The...

Washington Business Journal

Katishi Maake

NOVEMBER 30, 2018

Little Austria Bakery to expand in Sterling...

Little Austria bakery will invest more than $370,000 to build a new commercial bakery in Sterling, officials announced Friday. The company is expected to receive more than $27,000

Loudoun Times-Mirror

Times-Mirror Staff

November 28, 2018

Announcement Set Nov. 28 About Investment...

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services Bettina Ring will be on hand Nov. 28 for an announcement of plans by Little Austria, LLC to make a business investment in Sterling.

The Loudoun Tribune

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Die Amerikaner lieben diesen Kärntner...

Helene Gallent aus Kärnten hat in den USA die Firma „Little Austria“ gegründet und verkauft österreichische Desserts. Sogar die Washington Post schwört auf ihren Apfelstrudel.

Kleine Zietung

Claudia Felsberger